PCF8574

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Introduction

The number of GPIO pins on the ESP module can be expanded with a IO Expander. We will use the PCF8574 that provides 8 more pins that can be used as input or output. This way it becomes possible to control an 8 channel relay board.

Each individual pin can be used as either input or output.

Hardware

PCF8574.jpg PCF8574Module.jpg PCF8574-pins.gif

The PCF8574 needs to be connected through the I2C interface. This chip is compatible with 3V3 and therfore can be connected to the ESP without levelshifters.

Connections

 PCF8574 	ESP-01
 GND ( 8) 	GND
 VCC (16)   	VCC
 SDA (15)	GPIO 0
 SCL (14)	GPIO 2

Software

ESP Easy

Configuration depends on how you want to use a certain port on this device. Ports are numbered 1 to 8 (if you have a single PCF8574 connected)

Input

To have an input port act as an input switch device (just like with the default onboard GPIO pins) you need to edit a ESP Easy task and select the "PCF8574 input" device.

EasyConfigPCFD.png

You then select the portnumber and additional configuration depending on the controller type. For Domoticz, you enter the IDX that was allocated by Domoticz for this virtual switch.

Portnumbering depends on the I2C address used:

For the PCF8574:

A0: A1: A2: Address: Port range:
0 0 0 0x20 1 - 8
1 0 0 0x21 9 - 16
0 1 0 0x22 17 - 24
1 1 0 0x23 25 - 32
0 0 1 0x24 33 - 40
1 0 1 0x25 41 - 48
0 1 1 0x26 49 - 56
1 1 1 0x27 57 - 64

For the PCF8574A:

A0: A1: A2: Address: Port range:
0 0 0 0x38 65 - 72
1 0 0 0x39 73 - 80
0 1 0 0x3A 81 - 88
1 1 0 0x3B 89 - 96
0 0 1 0x3C 97 - 104
1 0 1 0x3D 105 - 112
0 1 1 0x3E 113 - 120
1 1 1 0x3F 121 - 128

Optional settings

Use of value names

Output

You can control output pins on this chip with the following http command:

http://<ESP IP address>/control?cmd=pcfgpio,<pin>,0

http://<ESP IP address>/control?cmd=pcfgpio,<pin>,1